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Man being questioned in NW Side beating death

Updated: September 15, 2011 10:17AM

A Northwest Side man was found slain after Chicago police officers took a burglary report at his home earlier in the day.

On Wednesday night, Grand Central Area detectives were interviewing a suspect in the Tuesday slaying of Michael Justo, 56, a law-enforcement source said.

Justo’s home was burglarized at about noon Tuesday, officials said. Police took a report and left.

Justo, 56, told his wife that he suspected the burglar was a neighborhood man he knew, a source said.

Justo was later found dead about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the basement of his home in the 5300 block of North Northwest Highway. He had suffered massive trauma to the head, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Police believe he was attacked in the gangway outside his home.

Detectives were interviewing the man Justo fingered as the possible burglar, the source said.

Justo was laid off from a city job driving a truck at O’Hare Airport, said his former wife, Nicole Justo. He previously worked for ComEd, she said.

Nicole Justo said she and her former husband had three children together. Michael Justo also had two stepchildren from his current marriage, she said.

“He always helped his older neighbors shovel their snow,” Nicole Justo said, adding that he loved to go boating. “He had a good heart.”

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